Swim England has confirmed
it is committed to doing everything it can to enable the
‘excellent’ County Age Group Swimming Championships
take place in 2021.
However, due to the
ongoing coronavirus restrictions, it is highly unlikely that these
events will be able to take place in their usual January/February
To that end, Swim England
has announced that the normal window will be suspended until later
in the year.
An alternative window will
now run from late May until 18 July 2021, with a further racing
opportunity opening up for counties later in the year so older
swimmers sitting exams will be given the chance to participate at
an appropriate time.
Counties and regions will
be consulted to ensure that participation in the Regional Open
Water Championships is not affected by this decision.
Swimming Leadership Group has made the decision following a number
of consultations with volunteers who organise the events and
Regional Swimming Managers and has taken into account the health
and wellbeing of everyone involved.
Tom Baster, Chair of the
Swimming Leadership Group, said: “We are aware how much the
County Age Group Swimming Championships mean to the entire swimming
community – they are excellent competitions, organised by
highly-committed volunteers and officials.
“Staging the events
in their original timeframe would result in championship weekends
that are significantly reduced in size and number of competitors,
owing to social distancing laws.
understand that there will be some frustrations at this delay but
the most important thing is the safety of everyone
community is committed to doing everything it can to ensure that
these events happen in 2021 wherever possible.
“We hope by creating
a later calendar window for the events, it will enable us to
achieve this and that everyone understands the reasoning behind
Swim England has also
confirmed the current plan is to run Regional Championships within
their usual window and it will be making every effort to enable
this to happen.
Meetings will be held with
Regional and County Swimming Coordinators on a regular basis over
the coming months to put plans in place for the revised county
These will be communicated
with members when details are finalised.
Swim England will soon be
publishing details of its full Return to Competition strategy,
including plans for the phased return of Open Meets.
The first part of this
features Level X Racing which will be fully launched next week
following completion of the pilot scheme.